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Internships in the City

Students majoring in Art and Art History gain invaluable experience by working as interns in the museums, galleries, auction houses, graphic design and photography studios, advertising and publishing companies, and other art-related businesses in metropolitan New York, and beyond.

In doing so, students can test their hand in professions in which they are considering careers and learn first-hand how professionals in the art world developed their areas of expertise. Serve as a Studio Assistant to a professional artist and learn how they balance the work of running a studio with their work as curators, writers, and educators.


Recent internship venues:

Philips de Pury & Company                  The Metropolitan Museum of Art                     
Christie’s Auction House The Guggenheim Museum
The Rubin Museum of Art The Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Bronx River Art Center The Frick Collection
The Jewish Museum El Museo del Barrio
Redbook Essence Magazine/Time Warner Inc
Rachel Ray Show Paul Kasmin Gallery
David Zwirner Gallery Bloomingdale’s
Betty Krulik Fine Arts, Ltd Godel & Co. Fine Art
Derek Eller Gallery Times Square Alliance
Sanctuary for Families Free Arts NYC
Condé Nast Publications MTV
Teen Vogue Parents Magazine
US Weekly Magazine National Geographic Traveler
The Martha Stewart Show Knoll Textiles 

Studio assistantships in the studios of artists, photographers and designers:
Matt Mullican, Stan GazViviane Silvera, Jo-Wood BrownRobert Polidori StudioEllie GaTim SteeleKaty MartinMelanie BakerAaron Wexler, Jason Woodside


Hear it from our students:

Alex Kohun ’11
Graphic Design Concentration — Cosmopolitan Magazine
“Some days it was overwhelming…at my internship with Cosmo, I learned more than I ever could have imagined. I developed more sills in InDesign and Photoshop. I got very excited when the designers asked me to change or place photos in the layouts, because I got to see my work printed in the magazines. France Salvosa, senior designer, who designs the beauty pages would ask me to go through the beauty stills and find products that she wants to use in her layouts. Racheal Moore, senior designer, who designs the fashion pages would ask me to scan fashion ideas and place them in her folder on the server. My overall experience at Cosmo was amazing. Everyone treated me with respect, and would always say thank you after I did anything for them. Cosmo has definitely inspired me to work in the magazine business.”

 

Lacey Budd ’11
Graphic Design Concentration —  Seventeen Magazine  
“Walking into the glass castle, I learned that Heart Tower is truly remarkable. I first was tasked to take behind –the-scene photos at studio D (in-house studio) of make –up stills. I quickly learned that the nicest, friendliest people I have thus encountered at Hearst are the photographers in Studio D. It was as if I was back in reality in great work environment… What started with taking photos turned into me being allowed to design the photos into a montage. This lead to me creating other montages, and soon enough I was actually designing for Seventeen Magazine….”

 

Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster ’13
Photography Concentration —  Pier 59 Studios
“Working at Pier 59 Studios has given me valuable technical knowledge of digital equipment as well as business knowledge. My understanding of the commercial photography business has broadened from working with clients and my co-workers to help projects flow smoothly. Above all I value the relationships and connections I have created that will continue to help me after my internship is complete.”

 

Gabrielle A. Pilotti ’14
Photography Concentration —  Parents Magazine
“I believe experiences guide each individual into the right direction. My experience of working at “Parents Magazine” felt as if my dream was coming true because I was not just an extra in the corporation, I was part of a team. I felt like I could see my future: managing photo shoots, interviewing casting calls for future models, and watching all aspects of an editorial business come together to form a successful magazine.”

 

Charles Sainty ’12
Studio Art Concentration — Interned with conceptual artist Matt Mullican
“I wanted to understand the day to day operations, the way the individuals in the studio facilitate Mullican’s practice, as well as how that artistic practice functions as a business. As a young artist beginning my own career, looking at an uncertain future, these questions are of some immediate concern. In all, it was a wonderful experience that has taught me a great deal about my chosen profession, and I hope never to lose the lessons I learned, or the friends I made.”

 

Amy Pekal ’15
Studio Art Concentration —  On Art 
“In the fall semester I was an intern for On Art with artist and curator Viviane Silvera.  On Art specializes in taking collectors to galleries and artist’s studios, where Viviane gives talks on the artist and attendees have the chance to meet and speak with artists and learn about the contemporary art world. As an intern for Viviane Silvera I took away many professional experiences, lessons, and grew as a person.  I’ve learned to become a fast, adaptable learner, to take things as they come and to never doubt myself. I had the extraordinary opportunity to go for 5 days to Art Basel Miami Beach, the most important international art fair in the U.S.  The experience furthered my passion and determination to create a career in the art world.” 

 

Janine ’12
Studio Art Concentration —  Teen Vogue
“I still cannot believe that I have had this amazing experience. I remember the first day like it was yesterday. Walking into the Conde Nast building on August 22nd was the beginning of a brilliant experience that I will never forget. Successful people surrounded me as I stood on the elevator waiting to reach my destination. I read all of the businesses on each floor as the numbers reached higher to Teen Vogue. Finally the elevator stopped ant the 10th floor. The doors opened and I nervously but excitingly entered….On my right side were the doors to Allure Magazine, to my left the beautiful glass doors of TEEN VOGUE. This began my journey of the most nerve wracking, but brilliant internship yet.”

 

Aileen Marcantonio ’09
Art History Major — Jo Wood-Brown, of Artists Exchange International
“Interning with Jo Wood-Brown—an internship I got through Professor Bell—was an experience that I will always cherish.  I learned so much and made great contacts while working with Jo.  During my semester, I assisted Jo in preparing and executing her lecture circuits.  I helped to prepare for a group exhibit at the Painting Center and a panel discussion at the Metropolitan Museum and Art.  Jo was such a joy to work for; she was warm, generous, and provided great insight into the art world.  I have used the skills that I developed while working for Jo in my current career.  As an Assistant Director at a Contemporary Art gallery in Manhattan, I work a lot with artists. I was so fortunate to have developed an understanding of the artist’s perspective from my internship experience.”

 

Elizabeth Goodridge ’11
Art History Major — American Paintings Department at Christie’s
“When I started my work in the American Paintings Department at Christie’s, I was overcome by the scene that had played out in front of me as I sat in my first sale. My immediate reaction was quickly emailed over to Professor Bell, who gleefully replied and shared the same excitement. When I graduated, I was offered a paid internship at another prestigious American Art gallery in New York…. I chose Marymount Manhattan College because they understood the value of a small community that fostered intimate relationships between students and educators. I would have never had this kind of success had it not been for the environment that was provided by the College and the prestigious educators they employ.”

 

Jordan Anderson ’11
Art History Major — Free Arts NYC, Antiquities Department at Christie’s, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
“During my time at Marymount Manhattan, I was able to complete four internships. The first was at Free Arts NYC, followed by the Antiquities Department at Christie’s, then the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and finally, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum. The hands-on experiences and the combined support from my Art History professors at Marymount and my internship supervisors gave me a strong base on which to begin my career. I was offered a paid position in the Education Department at the Guggenheim after my internship and am now considering graduate school to further my education in the field. 

 

Michael Quituisaca, ’17
Art History Major — The Museum of the City of New York
“By the time I graduated, I wanted to have a good amount of work experience on my résumé, so that I could jump right into the work force. The amazing professors in the Art History Department helped to give me these experiences. Professor Bell noticed my love for American Art and introduced me to her colleague Bruce Weber, the Curator of Paintings and Sculptures at the Museum of the City of New York. After telling him that I wanted to be a curator myself, he offered me an internship. As the Curatorial Intern, I work directly with Dr. Weber to assess the artwork in the collection, develop exhibitions, and network with other museum professionals. Through my time at the Museum, I have gained actual work experience in a museum environment that augments the knowledge I have gained in school. I feel confident with my résumé and look forward to whatever path I take after graduation! Thank you MMC!”